Fuji WEC: Buemi, Hartley, Nakajima cruise to victory
Toyota secured another dominant 1-2 finish in the Fuji round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, as Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima claimed their first win of the season.
After taking an easy pole position with the help of the new LMP1 handicap system, the crew of the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid took was untouchable en route to a first victory as a trio, with Hartley scoring his first WEC win since the 2017 Austin race.
The arrival of a light rain-shower mid-race did little to change the pecking order, with both Toyotas switching to intermediate tyres and returning to slicks at the same time, meaning that the #7 car ended up 34 seconds adrift at the finish.
That was despite the #8 car earning a drive-through penalty for pitlane speeding with just over two hours to run, which reduced the winning squad's advantage by some 30s.
Senna enjoyed a spirited battle with Kobayashi in the early laps over second place but the advantage of the hybrid-powered Toyota in traffic soon told, and shortly after the two-hour mark the Gibson-powered R-13 had already dropped off the lead lap.
The #5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 of Egor Orudzhev, Luca Ghiotto and Ben Hanley was on course for fourth place until a late brake failure while Hanley was at the wheel consigned the car to the garage for 16 minutes and left it 16 laps down.
Their misfortune promoted the sister #6 car of Guy Smith, Mike Simpson and Charlie Robertson to fourth in the LMP1 order, albeit 14 laps down after suffering a right-rear puncture and then a six-minute stop-and-hold penalty for exceeding the tyre allocation.
LMP2: De Vries stars as RTN gets first win
#29 Racing Team Nederland Oreca 07 - Gibson: Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Job Van Uitert
Photo by: JEP / LAT Images
Racing Team Nederland scored a first LMP2 class win, as newly-crowned Formula 2 champion Nyck de Vries turned in a star performance to take victory in the Oreca 07 he shares with compatriots Giedo van der Garde and Frits van Eerd.
After taking over the car from van Eerd with a little under two hours to go, de Vries overturned a deficit of almost 90s in relation to the Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, which had spent much of the race vying for the lead with High Class Racing's Oreca.
Toyota protege Kenta Yamashita had just passed Ho-Pin Tung to take the lead before handing over to gentleman driver Mark Patterson with 90 minutes to run, giving Tung a buffer of 10s over Anthony Davidson in the JOTA Sport Oreca.
Davidson caught up Tung and vaulted into what appeared to be the net lead at the final round of pitstops - but de Vries had eroded the RTN's car deficit to such an extent that he was able to make his final splash-and-go with 25 minutes to run and rejoin the track 6s ahead.
The Dutch driver sealed victory for RTN by 26s over the JOTA car shared by Davidson, Roberto Gonzalez and Antonio Felix da Costa, while the Jackie Chan car of Tung, Will Stevens and Gabriel Aubry ended up a lapped third with an engine issue.
High Class ended up fifth as Patterson dropped back late on, behind the United Autosports Oreca that was delayed by a loss of power while Phil Hanson was at the wheel.
Signatech Alpine finished eighth and last in class after an early coming-together between Pierre Ragues and the Red River Sport Ferrari of Bonamy Grimes at Turn 1 left the #36 car needing a trip to the garage - ending a run of nine podiums for the French squad.
GTE: Aston takes first dry-weather win
The all-Danish duo assumed the lead of the class when Thiim passed Alex Lynn in the sister Aston Martin for the lead at Turn 10 in the second hour, and gained a 20s lead after an off at Turn 1 for Martin when he took over the #97 car towards the end of the third hour.
Porsche finished second with the #92 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen, helped by making a stop under full-course yellow while the #97 Aston that eventually finished third pitted under green.
Ferrari's pair of works AF Corse-run 488 GTEs were fourth and fifth, struggling for pace early on and losing more time by not pitting under FCY, while the #91 Porsche was sixth and last following a drive-through penalty for track limits abuse and a late misfire.
The trio ended up 42s clear of the Silverstone-winning AF Corse Ferrari crew of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Nicklas Nielsen, while the Project 1 Porsche shared by Ben Keating, Felipe Fraga and Jeroen Bleekemolen recovered from being sent to the back of the grid to secure third.
Aston Martin's works Am car was 22 laps down after being clouted by the Dempsey-Proton Porsche of local driver Satoshi Hoshino at Turn 10 on the opening lap.
|1||8|| Sébastien Buemi |
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||232||6:00'30.025|
|2||7|| Mike Conway |
Jose Maria Lopez
|Toyota TS050 Hybrid||LMP1||232||6:01'03.980|
|3||1|| Bruno Senna |
|4||29|| Frits van Eerd |
Giedo van der Garde
Nyck de Vries
|5||38|| Roberto Gonzalez |
Antonio Felix da Costa
|6||37|| Ho-Pin Tung |
|7||22|| Philip Hanson |
|8||33|| Mark Patterson |
|9||42|| Nicolas Lapierre |
|10||6|| Charles Robertson |
|11||36|| Thomas Laurent |
|12||5|| Luca Ghiotto |
|13||47|| Roberto Lacorte |
|14||95|| Marco Sorensen |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||211||6:02'03.122|
|15||92|| Michael Christensen |
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||210||6:00'40.739|
|16||97|| Alex Lynn |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE PRO||210||6:01'05.354|
|17||51|| James Calado |
Alessandro Pier Guidi
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||210||6:01'21.912|
|18||71|| Davide Rigon |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE PRO||209||6:01'25.115|
|19||91|| Gianmaria Bruni |
|Porsche 911 RSR - 19||LMGTE PRO||208||6:01'03.442|
|20||90|| Salih Yoluc |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||208||6:01'45.760|
|21||83|| François Perrodo |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||207||6:00'35.678|
|22||57|| Ben Keating |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||207||6:01'09.124|
|23||70|| Motoaki Ishikawa |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||207||6:01'36.940|
|24||77|| Christian Ried |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||207||6:01'43.844|
|25||54|| Thomas Flohr |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||206||6:01'05.189|
|26||56|| Egidio Perfetti |
David Heinemeier Hansson
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||206||6:01'43.945|
|27||86|| Michael Wainwright |
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||204||6:00'30.167|
|28||88|| Satoshi Hoshino |
Adrien de Leener
|Porsche 911 RSR||LMGTE AM||198||6:00'51.301|
|29||62|| Bonamy Grimes |
|Ferrari 488 GTE EVO||LMGTE AM||197||6:01'17.089|
|30||98|| Paul Dalla Lana |
|Aston Martin Vantage AMR||LMGTE AM||186||6:01'46.697|
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